Phil Jones has claimed that Juan Mata's arrival has had a positive impact on the Manchester United players, lifting the dressing room morale and delivering a much-needed psychological boost to a team that had endured a catastrophic season up until last week, when the Spaniard was signed.
Mata's debut against Cardiff on Tuesday coincided with United getting back to winning ways in the Premier League and Jones described the Spaniard's signing as the sort of exciting news capable of lifting the players' morale and delivering fresh impetus for the remainder of the season.
David De Gea has hit back at the critics who had labelled him a liability during his first seasons at the club, when the Spaniard was heavily criticised for failing to cut an assured figure in goal and being to prone to committing costly mistakes.
As United regained the Premier League title last season, however, De Gea emerged as a crucial figure in the squad, proving that despite being just 23-year-old, he can already be considered one of the best shot stoppers in the world and definitely one of the best in the Premier League.
David De Gea's first season in the Premier League was undermined by lifestyle issues and his reluctance to learn English, according to former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. The Spaniard was heavily criticised by the media and fans during an underwhelming start to his career at Old Trafford.
Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC pic.twitter.com/RC79b7OU4w Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Jose Mourinho says he likes and trusts Chelsea star Juan Mata. The Spaniard has been on the fringes since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge. The Blues' player of the season two years running has been linked with moves to Arsenal, [.
Following the news that Juan Mata is now officially a Manchester United player, the Spaniard has given his first interview since completing the transfer. The former Chelsea star spoke to the club's in-house TV channel about his move. He said: "It's an amazing club, it's a massive club and I feel very proud to be [.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking at his press conference ahead of this weekend's clash with Tottenham. The Spaniard revealed that striker Arouna Kone will not be available to face Spurs. He said: "We are a little bit worried about the knock that Arouna Kone picked up against Hull City.
Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado is targeting 20 goals in his first season in the Premier League and hopes his tally will fire the club into the Champions League. The Spaniard found the net on his debut against Espanyol last weekend and is hoping to carry his goalscoring touch into Spurs' Premier League campaign.
New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado says he wants to give something back to the club's supporters after getting a great reception for his first match at White Hart Lane. The Spaniard found the net on his debut. Afterwards, he said: "Obviously it feels wonderful to get such a fantastic reception and now what I need [.
New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club during yesterday's 1-1 draw with Espanyol. After his £26m move to a new country, it was against familiar opposition that the Spaniard opened his account. Playing his first official match for the club he had taken part in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier [.
Fernando Torres gave the first indication that he intends to continue veering between the sublime and the ridculous this season during Chelsea's pre-season victory over AC Milan. The Spaniard managed to fall over the ball while under virtually no pressure whatsoever. But having recovered his footing, he went on a mazy run, beating three Milan [.
Liverpool fan favourites Rafa Benitez and Pepe Reina have been officially presented to fans at their new club Napoli. Former Anfield boss Benitez and his regular goalkeeper were welcomed to the Serie A club, along with former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Benitez had a starkly different start than he had in his last job.
Alvaro Negredo has put Manchester City into the lead against Liverpool on the stroke of half-time. The Spaniard scored after an incisive counter-attack for City, although he got a big helping hand, literally, from Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool have been busy this weekend as two young Spanish players have both now been unveiled at the club. Just yesterday the arrival of 20-year-old Luis Alberto excited the club, fans and manager alike. However, this afternoon there was hardly even enough time for the ink of Alberto's name to dry before the next young Spaniard was parraded through Melwood.
Liverpool will have to fend off interest from Bayer Leverkusen to seal a summer deal for Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya, according to reports from talkSPORT. The Reds are said to be tracking the young Spaniard, as Brendan Rodgers goes about bolstering his defence in an attempt to build a squad capable of Champions League qualification.
Juan Mata continues to try and fight his way into the Chelsea first team under the management of Jose Mourinho and the more the season goes on, the more that the 25-year-old Spaniard looks to have seen his long term future at Stamford Bridge revoked.
According to reports from the Telegraph on Sunday afternoon, Mata is a believed January target for fellow London club Tottenham, but also for French side Paris Saint Germain.
@R9Soldado scored a hat trick but at the end of the day I megged him. #closeyalegs #taxiforsoldado @ETFCOfficial @TalkingTHFC @markkirby10 Tyler Campbell (@TylerRyanC) August 8, 2013 The semi-pros of Enfield Town got an unexpected treat (of sorts) when they were invited to pop along to Spurs' training ground to receive an 11-0 stuffing.
Samir Nasri has been in top form for Manchester City in recent weeks since he has been granted the chance to stake a new claim to the first team due to an unfortunate injury to David Silva. While the Spaniard has been gone, former Arsenal man Nasri has been doing more than just filling his boots as the French international is flying high.
Santi says: "I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom" #AskSanti Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 26, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is hoping to be fit for a return to first-team action in about a week and has pencilled in the games against West Brom on October [...]
Arsene Wenger has released the latest team news ahead of #AFCvSCFC http://t.co/aMF1QCZxey pic.twitter.com/m3OZp05yxI Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 20, 2013 Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta could make his return from injury this weekend. The Spaniard picked up a thigh injury ahead of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Aston Villa.
Mikel Arteta is set to miss the first six weeks of the new season with a thigh injury. The Arsenal midfielder picked up an injury in training this week. Arsene Wenger said yesterday morning that the Spaniard would be going for a scan which was expected to show a slight strain. Instead, it revealed a [.
Among the early storylines crowded out in the early season by Daniel Sturridge's goalscoring form and the confident, assured performances by Simon Mignolet has been the relative improvement by Jose Enrique at left-back. The Spaniard started his Liverpool career with talk of a call-up to the Spanish national team; he was inserted into the starting eleven almost immediately under Kenny Dalglish and didn't look back, cementing himself as one of the top left-backs in the country.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has hailed the signing of striker Iago Aspas as a significant reward for the transfer work being carried out behind the scenes at the club. The Spaniard became the latest player added to the Reds squad by boss Brendan Rodgers after completing a switch from La Liga side Celta Vigo.
Tottenham hope to bring Chelsea star Juan Mata to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Daily Express. The Blues playmaker is by no means a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho, and Andre Villas Boas is reportedly hoping to capitalise on that by offering the Spaniard an exit route when the transfer [.
Pepe Reina seems likely to have played his last game for Liverpool, with media reports in Spain suggesting he has already agreed a deal that will see him join Barcelona next season. The long-serving keeper has been shipped out on loan to Napoli this season after Brendan Rodgers paid £9m to bring Sunderland goalie Simon [.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has voiced his annoyance at the constant transfer speculation linking Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with moves to Manchester United. The Spaniard seemed to indicate that rumours Baines had asked the Toffees to sell him to United are wide of the mark. Martinez said: "It is getting a little bit too [.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned Arsenal that Michu is not for sale at any price. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Spaniard as they struggle to secure the signing of Luis Suarez. But Laudrup has told them that the Swans don't need to sell their star striker and have no [...]
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been talking up the abilities of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The Spaniard, currently on-loan in Italy from Anfield, was responding to rumours linking Skrtel with a move to Napoli for a reunion with Reina and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Reina said: "I don't know what Napoli are looking for [.
New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has revealed his surprise at learning that Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was available. The Spaniard immediately took his compatriot to Italy on a season-long loan deal. The move came as a surprise to Reina because nobody told him he was being sent to Napoli until the deal was done.
Manchester United are continuing to claim that Wayne Rooney is not for sale at any price. But should they be selling him to Chelsea and letting the Blues make the same mistake all over again? There's no doubt that Roman Abramovich holds the purse strings at Stamford Bridge. If he likes a player, they invariably [.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has criticised the club's management for loaning him to Napoli without consulting with him. The Spaniard has been reunited with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez in a season-long loan deal. But the 30-year-old is disappointed that nobody bothered to mention it to him. He said: "If I have one regret, it [.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated it was well-known among the club's hierarchy that goalkeeper Pepe Reina would leave the club this summer. Reina has joined former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli on a season-long loan deal. And Rodgers' determination to bring Simon Mignolet in from Sunderland makes even more sense in light of [.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Alvaro Negredo Age: 27 Position: Striker Signed from: Sevilla Fee: £20.6m Did you know? He's nicknamed La fiera de Vallecas (the beast of Vallecas) after the area of Madrid where he came through the ranks at Rayo Vallecano. What's the deal?
AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy is a £30million target for Chelsea, according to media reports. The Express suggests the Italy international could become the first major signing of Jose Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge, while talkSPORT believe Fernando Torres will be offered to the Italian side in a part-exchange deal.
Had it not been for the surprising arrival of a diminutive, yet incredibly talented, Spaniard, tonight's Premier League at Old Trafford would have been all about one man and one man only, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the ground where he so often found the net during his playing days.
As Ole returns as a visitor, there are few doubts that he'll be greeted to a raucous reception for Old Trafford does not forget his heroes unless they wash up on Merseyside and kiss the Liverpool badge, that is and the Norwegian, for his dedication to the club first and foremost, deserves a hero welcome.
After watching last night's torture unfolding and for those who didn't, just to clarify, it was pure and uninterrupted torture it can be hard to find any reasons at all to be cheerful this morning, with United dumped out of another competition and increasingly look like a mid-table side one incapable of taking penalties, at that.
Chelsea have confirmed that striker Fernando Torres will be out of action for three weeks with a knee injury. The Spaniard picked up the injury during Tuesday evening's Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest. A club statement read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm Fernando Torres suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee [.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he spoke to Pepe Reina about his plans to sign another goalkeeper this summer. The Spaniard made 285 appearances during nine seasons as the club's first choice shot-stopper, before linking up with former boss Rafa Benitez on a season-long loan at Napoli.
Despite scoring the only goal of the first-half of Swansea's Europa League clash with Malmo, Michu seemed unsettled as he made his way off the pitch at the interval. The Spaniard appeared to be engaged in lengthy discussions with himself and performing strange twitching movements. All of which left him looking a bit like the [.